Monday Morning Quarterback Part II

By BOP Staff

March 29, 2011

He has turned Jay Bilas into a grump.

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Well, it's Superman, so it has that issue...

Kim Hollis: Based on what's happened this weekend, what are your expectations for the Christopher Nolan/Zack Snyder Superman project?

Josh Spiegel: Based on the Sunday news dump, timed to make us all forget that Sucker Punch did so poorly, that Amy Adams is playing Lois Lane, I'm sure the project is moving forward. I'm also fairly confident that the Superman reboot is going to prove, once and for all, that Christopher Nolan is a fallible human being. Honestly, if this is his biggest mistake as a filmmaker, I'm fine with it. I have no expectations for the Superman reboot to be good, and I'm also not sure why Nolan thinks Snyder's best for the project. But, it is what it is. I'll just expect the worst, and hope for the best.


Bruce Hall: I don't think it will have any effect. I wholeheartedly agree about the timing of the Lois Lane announcement and I think this means they're just going to put the pedal to the medal and make Superman the best whatever it's going to be that it can be. Snyder did a surprisingly good job with Dawn of the Dead, 300 was just as vapid a project as Sucker Punch but the story was inspiring, it looked good and it made an obscene amount of money for an R rated leather-and-abs bloodbath. Watchmen was less successful but in my opinion it turned out as good as it was ever going to, considering the source material.

I don't know how significant a director he's going to be, or whether Superman is going to be the bloated, vapid, sepia toned monstrosity we're all afraid it might be. But you can't look at him and say that the good will he has in the industry right now is entirely unwarranted. Considering what a disappointment Bryan Singer's take on the Man of Steel turned out to be, it's fair to give Snyder a puncher's chance. Sucker Punch was a vanity project, and it's hard to imagine two such underwhelming Superman films in a row. It would be catastrophic to the franchise. So, I too choose to hope for the best.

Matthew Huntley: I'm a huge fan of the original Superman movie series (save for Quest for Peace), and I've been messaging my friends whenever any new developments/casting decisions are made regarding the Zack Snyder/Christopher Nolan reboot. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried about it. Superman Returns was enough of a disappointment and I don't think Snyder has proven himself substantive enough to handle anything outside of CGI/green screen effects (Sucker Punch solidified that even more this weekend). If Nolan could convince Snyder to go back to practical effects (the same kind he used in his Batman films) and if Snyder could realize the heart of the Superman movies lies not with action but with characters, I'd be more optimistic, but I'm not convinced that's going to happen. Here's hoping.

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